Apparently Amazon is removing support for its .mobi format and using epub instead and I can't dance on that grave hard enough.

@craigmaloney What is wrong with *.Mobi?

I don't know anything about the file format, but I used to use it for years because it had the best PC reader, I used it long after it was no longer officially supported by anyone. it was one of the few that got that the ideal screen layout is not the same as the ideal book layout and would let me customize columns and have more than one of them on screen at once.

so I could have four columns of comfortably wide text and only have to hit the key every so often, whereas almost every other pce reader I've used will put up most two pages on screen at once and just waste the rest of the screen

@craigmaloney (also I don't know that I'd call it Amazon's format, it predates them by a fair bit as I understand it, they bought out another company to get their start in ebooks, and used Mobipockets format, didn't they?)

@Canageek It came from Mobipocket, so it was a format that was on the Palm devices that I owned.

The issues with it is that it can be a little wonky to create without the original Windows tools.

Amazon acquired Mobipocket in 2005 and it languished ever since.

Kindle devices also didn't natively read ePub on their devices, so this means they're opening the device to a "standard" format.

@craigmaloney ah, I forgot what I used when reading on my palm devices, but I think the books just came a *.prc files

I wore out the down button on my second Palm pilot reading eBooks on it

@Canageek And yes, JoDee and I miss the heck out of our Palm devices.

@craigmaloney @Canageek

I mostly ended up converting everything to html and then using Plucker, but I do have a bunch of books from the Baen Free Library in Mobi pocket form on my Treo 90.

(I was able to restore its state via SD card but the Linux Treo driver has broken in a way that no longer works with it.)

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